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  1. Hi everyone! Long time reader first time poster. My boyfriend and I adopted our first grey 3 weeks ago. She is a very sweet and polite velcro hound who loves her food! We had a bit of a spook last night and I want to get the community's advice on how to handle this and make sure she is comfortable in her new home. For reference, Rhea spends the day lying on the floor next to us as we work in the living room. She goes into her crate in our bedroom voluntarily at bedtime and the crate is always open. She has really started to open up and become more comfortable with us this past week - wagging her tail, enjoying her walks, exploring the porch, and responding to her new name. I can't express just how much she is finally coming out of her shell, and we were so so excited to get a glimpse of our girl's personality! However, last night while she was snoozing, my boyfriend was tossing a ball around (something he does often while watching tv) and it fell on her. She woke up very spooked, ran a couple laps around the apartment, and then straight into her crate. We respect the crate as her space so we do not pet her while she is in it, but we do give her treats and talk to her. We took her on her nightly walk and she was energetic and excited, but back to the crate when we got home, and again this morning. Her walk schedule was also a little messed up yesterday and she met some new people, so I'm thinking the startle was just the icing on the cake. I know this is very normal, but I cant help but beat myself up over this! We are very worried this could be a huge setback and that she no longer feels safe. I typically like to keep the bedroom door closed while we are in the living room as I dont yet trust her not to get into something (we have dog proofed but hounds will find a way!) But I really do not want to shut her out of her safe space now. What should we do? How long will it take for her to feel comfortable in the living room again?
  2. Tune in today! The Greyhounds Make Great Pets hosts are joined by guest Dennis McKeon to answer questions from our listeners on this full moon Friday the 13th episode. And we will be bringing you an update on the Irish Greyhounds that arrived in the US on Wednesday. https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117389/fan-mail Greyhounds Make Great Pets every Friday at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern only on VoiceAmerica.com All shows are available on-demand on iTunes, Spotify or download #gmgp3 #houndsoftheworld
  3. Tune in to Greyhounds Make Great Pets on Friday September 6, 2019 when the legendary Lee Livingood, award winning author of "Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies" joins us for an informative hour, helping us to be better humans for our dogs and also offering providing dog training tips. Lee has been a fixture in the greyhound adoption community and a professional dog behavior consultant for more than 20 years. Greyhounds Make Great Pets every Friday at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern only on VoiceAmerica.com All shows are available on-demand on iTunes, Spotify or download #gmgp3 #houndsoftheworld Lee Livingood's bio: Lee Livingood is the award winning author of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies. She’s been a professional dog behavior consultant for more than 20 years and has conducted workshops on greyhound topics in the U.S. and in Canada. She is the first person in the U.S. to offer a greyhound specific training class. For more than 15 years, Lee has conducted Greyhounds 101, a basic learning class for greyhounds and their people. She taught the seminars on dog problems and on dog aggression at Kutztown University for their Dog Management and Training program during the program’s existence. She currently teaches reactive dog classes at Redfern Canines, a training center in Harrisburg, PA. Lee volunteers her time to advise greyhound adoption groups everywhere and serves as the behavior consultant for a local all-breed rescue group.
  4. On Friday August 23, 2019, tune into Greyhounds Make Great Pets for a discussion about the improvements made in the world of greyhound adoption and racing over the last 25 years. https://www.voiceamerica.com/promo/episode/116890 Greyhounds Make Great Pets every Friday at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern only on VoiceAmerica.com All shows are available on-demand on iTunes, Spotify or download #gmgp3 #houndsoftheworld
  5. "Greyhounds Make Great Pets" on VoiceAmerica.com VarietyJune 14, 2019 ~ IRISH GREYHOUNDS10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern https://www.voiceamerica.com/promo/episode/115569Laura Simmermon founding member of F L I G H T (Finding Loving Irish Greyhounds Homes Together) and Membership Development and Programs Manager of the Greyhound Health Initiative joins the GMGP hosts to discuss how her organization facilitates the transportation of retired Irish racing greyhounds between Ireland and approved greyhound adoption agencies in North America as well as how your adoption group can apply to take part in this program.
  6. Hey everyone, I've been lurking the forums quite a lot for the past few days, as my wife and I have adopted a 4yo ex racer for about a week and a half now. He's an AMAZING boy, super sweet and really likes a cuddle. But a bit too much - so yeah, it's yet another separation anxiety post. And a long one at that, so thanks to whoever reads through! My wife has dreamt of getting a dog for the past 5 years; we did a ton of research about breeds that would fit our lifestyle and the Greyhound was on the short list, especially because we moved to the UK and there's a lot of ex racers who need a home. Hindsight is 20-20, but we should have researched a lot more into ex-racing Greyhounds specifically (it was more of a broad breed research regarding health, temperament etc). The first day was a complete joy, but the following ones were hell: they hit us like a brick and showed how unprepared we were. A lot of despair and emotional rollercoasters (my wife actually got sick on the 3rd day out of sheer stress), but our sense of responsibility kicked in and we decided to power on to see if we could improve the situation. I work full time, which means she's the one who spends most of the days with him, doing the alone training during the week. Now, from what I've read around, his separation anxiety is relatively mild: he's a velcro dog and on the first nights he cried and clawed or bedroom doors - nowadays, we give him 2 t-shirts of ours, a stuffed kong with PB and it's around 20mins before he's walking around the house all night and whining every few minutes. We started from day one not allowing him to sleep with us because we knew that it would be way harder to separate later on. The rule is: as soon as we close the door, it doesn't open until the morning - we were going back and telling him to go to bed and giving him some treats when he did on the first couple of days, but stopped as we realized we were most likely getting him to think he'd be rewarded for scratching the door. Nowadays, he still pants and whines quite a bit and walks back and forth through the night, but no longer scratches the door. My wife today got him to around 6mins of alone time with the "I'll be home soon" technique (put on your jacket/shoe, grab keys, give the Kong, go outside, wait, come back, take the Kong, clothes off, leave the key, wait a minute, rinse, repeat). Unfortunately, he drops the kong very quickly if he doesn't get any treats, so we kind of reached the point where he eats the Kong before we can extend the time even if it's frozen, and he just stops paying attention to it if it's too hard to take whatever is inside, which reduces his time to around 3 minutes alone without whining. We now spend at least 10 minutes not giving him any contact when showing up in the morning and after returning from work. He unfortunately doesn't play with anything that isn't food (there's this plush toy he destroyed in about 5mins and he doesn't really touch it unless we incite him A LOT, but even that isn't working too much anymore). We do 2 pee breaks before meals to guarantee he doesn't have accidents, and we try to give him at least 2 40min walks a day. One is literally before bedtime, between 10 and 11pm, but there's a lot of foxes around the neighborhood so we're starting to consider if this is just getting him more amped up at bed time instead of tired from the exercise. One of the things that originally attracted us about Greyhounds is that we are pretty laid back, so even though we don't mind caring for him, our routine was very affected by turning into a clockwork bootcamp. Not being able to have some wiggle room or just say "let's go out to the supermarket together" in the middle of the day was way of a bigger burden than we expected. We live in a relatively small flat, with no garden, where both him and us are mostly on the living room. Even thought some Greyhounds will do well in that situation, we feel bad because the only thing he's interested in is food and cuddles, and we can't give him cuddles when he asks for it with all the independence training, which means he's probably bored most of the day (which in turn gets him less likely to sleep at night). It's also pretty heart breaking that we can't make a fuss with him when he comes to greet us. Here comes the hard part: we do love his eventual antics, and we were very emotional this Saturday when he managed to talk to some dog friends in the park (he gets INSANELY anxious at the park seeing a dog running and playing and it breaks our hearts that we're so far away from being able to leave him off the leash to run somewhere). But the hard truth is that we're not madly in love with him, at least not as much as we should have been, most likely because we constantly worry so much and have to ignore him when he's the most excited to avoid increasing his SA, that we're having a hard time bonding with him - right now, my wife feels like she's basically living for him, and not getting a lot of joy from the experience. Thinking this rationally, at the moment we're doing things way more because it's out responsibility to him than because we'd want to keep him even if his condition took many months to improve. The feeling is that, while he is much better in a not-so-good situation with us than waiting for adoption in a kennel, he'd be way better with people who have more experience, a garden, a dog buddy, or someone that is set to love him unconditionally (as we thought we were when we took him). We do know, however, if we were to return him, we'd have to do this as quickly as possible (as he's starting to get used to his routine and feeling a bit more relaxed at our place). It's been really crushing for us to take care of him, because it's been both emotionally and physically draining: the idea of living through months of this without any guarantees that it will improve is, to be honest, terrifying to us. So at the end of the day, my biggest questions are: do you think we're just not the right people/environment for him? Or is this just normal and our feelings also develop over time? I've read so many stories here of situations way, way worse than ours and people who really went above and beyond for over a year, and I simply don't see us being able to do that. Should we simply give up sooner rather than later to avoid turning a mild SA into an acute one? How long do you think we could keep on trying without risking ruining the dog for life? If it was me reading this post some time ago, I'd be judging us hard, but we truly just want what's best for the dog and, if we can't be happy with him, how can we expect him to be happy with us? We're fully aware that this is all on us and that we have probably made a mistake by thinking we were ready for a dog, so thank you to whoever reads the wall of text and provides some insight.
  7. Hello all, New poster here! Also I am about to be a new greyhound dad. So I am adopting a greyhound that I've been told is NOT an ex-racer...I was a bit perplexed as to his history because if he didn't come from the track who is breeding Greyhounds? Again, I don't know very much of him, they said he was a pet but then got to a kill shelter in Kentucky and now is in Indiana and I stumbled upon him... They want me to take him ASAP, and that is this Sunday. He is a senior and will be 9 in January - I don't mean to be weird...but is this too old? I mean will he die in my care within a year? I have a wiener dog that now lives with my parents but I've never gone through losing a pet. I want to give him a good home because he's old and I feel like getting adopted may be harder for him but I'm not sure what everyone experience is with an older Greyhound? His teeth look a little yellow, is there a brush that is best? He most likely not muzzle trained and I'm not sure i'll use one but I will have to if I take him to my parents which I will during the holidays. My parents were scared of Milo when I brought him home...he was about a 4LB dachshund then... so a 88lb Grey is a bit much. The muzzle will help, any tips? Any tips or comments would be welcome, I am very excited but just wish him to live a long life.
  8. Hi All! I’ve been lurking here for some time and finally decided to post. I have wanted to bring a greyhound into my home for about a year but just not sure and would love opinions. I’ve read a ton of “about greyhounds” sections in various adoption agency sites, and I’m about 1/2 through “Greyhounds for Dummies”. I would be a first time dog owner. I haven't heard back from the couple of applications I sent in this week, but hope to discuss this with agencies eventually. But I’m a little worried that in an effort to be polite, they won’t straight up tell me “Girl, what are you thinking? No Greyhound for you!” So I would really like some honest opinions and thoughts about whether based on your experience, you think my lifestyle and expectations are reasonable to bring a greyhound home. Please don’t worry about hurting my feelings, blunt honesty is completely fine! Plus, ya’ll seem like nice people anyways. Yes, I’ve read a lot of the other “thinking about adopting” and “just adopted, did I make a mistake” posts. And also just reading posts about behaviour/training questions gives me a lot of insight. But thought I would put my own situation out there. What do you think? Work situation: · I work full-time M-F and my workdays can be long, but there’s some flexibility as to when I’m actually in the office · Mornings, I leave my house anywhere from 8am – 10am and I’m home anywhere from 4-7pm. · When very busy, I’ll usually leave and work late into the night at home as opposed to having to be in the office late, so I could be at home with Dog in the evenings. · Can work at home 1-2 days a week. On the other days I would pay for a walker to take Dog out mid-day. Coming by at lunch myself is not an option (too far). · Work requires travel, usually 3 days but can be 4. Every 4-5 weeks tops. Sometimes less (have only travelled for work twice since January, so just depends). I assume I wld board Dog while I’m traveling. Having someone just come by to check on her doesn’t seem adequate. Lifestyle/the rest of the stuff: · Single, late 30’s, no children. · 1BR Condo, about 625sqFt. Dogs allowed in the bldg. · Never any type of “parties” or loudness at home. · Weekends usually consist of errands, working out, and visits to a coffee shop or restaurant to read and people watch. Lots of outside places, so I would love to be able to take Dog once I can assess how comfortable she is. · I don’t do the “nightlife” thing anymore so lots of weekend time with Dog. · Live in WashDC area, so fairly urban environment but nothing on par with say NYC. Tons of trails, walking paths, parks near home. Lots of people and dogs out walking/jogging/etc, esp in nice weather, but enough space to maneuver if Dog is shy at first. I hate crowds myself so I know what places and times to avoid. But if Dog is more social, there would be plenty of opportunities to meet other dogs. · There are dog parks in my ‘hood but I see that’s a bit controversial? I would assume I wldn’t be visiting dog parks at first, unless it’s really early in the AM when no one is there. Expectations/Concerns: · I want a friend to basically just hang with. While I’m somewhat active, I’m more of a leisurely walk/slow trail hike type of person. And then a sitting on the couch type person. This is partly why a greyhound first started to appeal to me. I love the other larger breeds, but most are just too high energy for me. · Little worried about aggression as a first time dog owner. I have read Grey’s can nip or bite if they get excited? Those aren’t small teeth so that would scare the hell out of me. I am not sure if this is something that can recognized on a dog by dog basis by the rescue organization. · Also a little concerned that I won’t be taking Dog out somewhere to “run free” on a weekly basis, much less daily. There might be some Grey appropriate closed-in areas within driving distance, but it won’t be regular thing. I don't have a yard obviously so Dog will ALWAYS be on leash. · Live on the 8th floor so every walk will involve walking down the narrowish hallway where people and even dogs might be close by suddenly (currently only 1 dog on my floor but obvs this could change and there are others in the bldg.). And taking the elevator every time. Will Dog hate that?? Ugh, that got too long. If you made it this far, I congratulate you. Any thoughts or ideas are immensely appreciated. In the meantime, I will lurk here and look at pics of all of your adorable guys and girls. Thanks much.
  9. We have recently adopted Toby, a 2.5yr old retired grey from the Greyhound Adoption Program in South Australia. He was part of the TAFE program (veterinary course) and was therefore fostered for around 10 weeks with two different families before coming to live with us. He has been green collared, whereby they test the dog with other dogs, small dogs, cats, hugging, removing food etc. He passed and showed no sign of aggressive/reactive behaviour. This was in April. Since he has been with us (just over three weeks now) he has been very reactive to other dogs when we go on walks. Barking, growling, and if they are close (5-10meters) jumping and lunging. We told the GAP crew and they weren't sure why he was doing this. They told us to bring him back so that they could see his behaviour. He did the same with them as with us, but after 20mins of carrying on, he actually sniffed butts with the other dog and had a little walk together. Since then he is still reactive to other dogs on our walk, even other greys. Can we train this behaviour out of him? I really want to be able to walk him without other dog owners giving me dirty looks. He also seems to have developed separation anxiety (again when we adopted him he apparently didn't have this problem). We both have the luxury of working at home, but when we did both leave to get coffee (10 mins max) he was barking and whining the whole time, and he urinated inside. He is very good at night, sleeps in the lounge room on his own bed until 7am. He is also very good in the car. I've left him in there for 15-20mins (with the window open of course, and it's winter in Aus, so not too hot) and no problems. He isn't very good at stay, if I move out of eye shot he just follows me. Otherwise, he is such a great dog. He is really affectionate with people, has a goofy personality with heaps of energy and loves belly rubs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  10. Hi everyone! Need some advice again, you have never steered me wrong. I have had Gardenia (3 yr old retired racer, mild-mannered) for almost a year now. I am now looking to adopt another one (for her, as a playmate), but we are having some issues. When she first showed up at my door last September, she came with another greyhound (the adoptees wanted to see which one took to me better) and she was fine with that other dog. She seemed to enjoy the company of this dog and was even "sad" when they left (she was hanging out by the front door for hours). However, I have noticed that now she really does not like being around other dogs. I have not been able to get her to play with other dogs, as she just wants to pounce, chase (lol), or be "cranky" (as we like to call it) around other dogs. I generally keep her away from other dogs and avoid the dog park when other dogs are there. She shows her teeth, barks, gets snappy, and generally just does not like when other dogs approach her, but she never bites (I pull her away because I am scared of this happening although she has never done it, even when given the chance). Is there an explanation for this behavior? Do you believe she will ever get over this if we get another greyhound? She was obviously okay at a certain point with other greyhounds. I am wondering if anyone else had this problem and how they got over it. Does it just take some time/conditioning? Me and my fiancé are willing to put in the work to get the dogs to get along, but I want to know how to get to that point. Also, when taking her out for a walk, she always seems VERY interested in other dogs. She never barks or snarls, just looks and wags her tail. However, when they approach her, especially in a quick manner (mostly when THEY are off the leash), she starts to show her teeth and snarl. We took her for a long walk the other day and we came across an unleashed dog. The dog did not approach Gardenia (as most tend to do) and after a while she actually ended up approaching the other dog with NO issues. Is this just a territory or insecurity thing? I am really hoping this is something that can be overcome as we really want her to have fun with another dog. It's not just for us, it's mainly for her to have a companion. Thank you in advance for all your comments and suggestions.
  11. I just came across this picture and thought I would share it here. This is for all of us who have been puzzled, confused, hurt, disappointed or nervous about our newly adopted dog's behaviour.
  12. Hi everyone. My name is Selena and I don't yet have a hound of any kind, but I am very interested in adopting a galgo. I have been in love with sighthounds (starting with retired racing greys) for years and finally am *almost* in a position to adopt (ie. I've finally convinced my family, but we have an elderly cat that doesn't deserve the stress at this stage in her life). I was wondering if anyone could tell me about the process of adopting a galgo from any of the organizations that you're familiar with (I've looked extensively through the available dogs at Scooby and FBM for example)... is there anyone bringing galgos in to Ontario? how much does it cost, how long does it take, is there someone at the other end who can give more information about the dogs on the site, what if the dog turns out to be inappropriate in some way? I have lots of questions. No need to hurry with any of this info, as I'm not in a rush at this point, but thought I should start a conversation with someone who knows how this works. This will be my first dog and I'm super excited.
  13. I brought an almost 4 y/o, light red girl, JIT Zeta (now Minerva/Minnie) home as a "foster" on December 7...I knew after about 3 days that she would fit in perfectly with Luna and I. So many people told me, "Two girls can be iffy together, be careful!" And so I was...muzzled them both all of the first day or two, kept Minnie leashed at all times, etc. But as luck would have it, they bonded immediately! In 3 weeks there have been 0 incidents, not even a growl (well, playful growls yes, but aggressive ones, no). Today my paperwork and adoption fee went through to my group so Minnie is officially mine! I thought Luna was a love sponge, but Minnie is the type that will literally sleep with her nose almost touching mine! She and Luna both sleep on my bed at night, but luckily they each have their own spots which allows me to have some room, too. Some of you might remember me bringing my parents' standard poodle, James, to keep Luna company due to her severe SA. He went home when I got Minnie, but the two girls are happy as clams while I'm at work, lazing around and licking PB from their kongs. I still muzzle them when I leave which is just a safety precaution. So far, everything has been awesome! I'm so happy I was able to adopt two greys in the same year! Luna in May, Minnie in December. I've been posting an insane number of pictures on Facebook, but for those of you who haven't seen pictures yet... On the way home from the adoption kennel! It was about a 90+ minute drive. Fast friends. They bonded quickly! Minnie has very expressive ears! First visit to my parents' house. Cuddles and winter bandanas. First snow for both of them! (Race records show Texas, Florida, and Alabama for Minnie, and Florida and Georgia for Luna). First time meeting Santa! Visiting my parents, plus James (spoo), Ginny, and Harry (mini dachshunds). They all get along great!
  14. We are welcoming our new boy, Cyrano. He is our second retired racer and we already love him. He's a velcro dog, loves to give kisses and will cuddle with us. His name was chosen because of the very slight Roman nose that he has. He is cousins with our Flynn. They share grand-sires (Gable Dodge and Oswald Cobblepot). He retired from Wheeling Downs on March 18, 2013 where he ran 119 races and won 15 (AA). He is learning a lot about being a house dog! He has had no behavioral issues, hasn't marked anything (what a good boy!) and respects Flynn's space. He's very puppyish in personality too and is always giving us big puppy dog eyes! He's a natural sitter and we are already working on that command as well as "wait". He's such a clever boy it won't be long before he's go it. He's also an expert at roaching, something our Flynn has never done. Flynn is hard at work showing Cyrano the ropes at being retired. We love both our boys so much!
  15. My husband and I adopted Fonzie back in July of this year (2012) and he does not seem to like us much. He goes up in our bedroom all day and refuses to come downstairs or go outside to pee or poop.He also doesn't seem too interested in eating all of his food, unless we just introduced it. He loves new food, but gets bored of it easliy. He doesn't respond to his name or anything. Well, the only thing he responds to is treats. It is a night and day difference. You bring out the treats and he can't get to you fast enough. We wanted to adopt another one, but not for a while. We have 2 kitties as well and I wanted to keep our house at a 3 animal maximum, but I am starting to think that if we find him a friend, he will come out of his shell. I wanted to find a little girl grey, but I would like some thoughts on whether or not others think it would help at all. Based on the research I have done, they say spookies do better with other dogs in the home. Has anyone else been in this position? I refuse to give him back. I would imagine that it would only make him worse. Please help!
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